HYDERABAD: P.V. Ramanaiah, 62, a retired employee of Indian Railways and resident of Visakhapatnam, is set to make history by competing in tennis in the World Transplant Games (WTG) 2023, which will be hosted in Perth, Australia. In 2017 at Gleneagles Global Hospitals Hyderabad, he received a liver transplant.
Ramanaiah was inspired by his tenacity and love of sports to pioneer by representing India in what is unmistakably an action sport at the WTG 2023.
P. V. Ramanaiah has always had a passion for sports. He was a successful football player who had been hired by the Indian Railways in Secunderabad in 1983. In addition to playing for Andhra Pradesh at the U-19 Football Championship, he represented India at the Junior Asian Youth Football Championship in Nepal.
Ramanaiah's love for football and tennis suffered as a result of his persistent liver-related illnesses and jaundice for almost three years. Later, it was discovered that he had end-stage liver cirrhosis due to fatty liver, a condition in which the buildup of extra fat in the liver causes inflammation and, over time, the formation of liver scar tissue. The accumulation of fat is brought on by a sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, and a family history of diabetes.
He was taken to Hyderabad's Gleneagles Global Hospitals in 2017 as his condition deteriorated. The Doctors in the liver department recommended a liver transplant as the sole option given his growing liver malfunction and the life-threatening consequences it was causing.
He received a pre-transplant evaluation and was added to the Jeevandan waiting list for a liver transplant. He had a liver transplant from a deceased donor on February 2, 2017, after waiting three months under medical observation. Due to his pre-operative illness, he had a challenging postoperative course. He required individualised immunosuppression coupled with dietary care, round-the-clock rehabilitation services, intermittent dialysis to support weak kidney function, and other supportive measures. After a month, he was released with a stable condition.